Has been completely serviced and each function performs as it should. The motor has been lubricated and has new drive belt. Also comes with an additional new drive belt which has been vacuum sealed. The motor pulley has a modification to drive the platter at the correct speeds.
The smoked dustcover is in excellent polished condition and only has a couple of tiny marks. It actually looks much nicer than the photograph would lead you to believe.
The plinth (base) shows very little wear and has a substantial weight and feel to it.
The soft rubber platter mat is quite heavy and in perfect condition. It has been reconditioned with a rubber revitalizer. Below it lies the platter and it weighs in around 2 pounds. It is highly polished around the edge and a little heavier than the average turntable platter. The heavier weight helps stabilize speed rotation and reduce wow and flutter.
The cartridge headshell has not been slid in all the way to show how it is removed. The tonearm has a locking mechanism and the cueing mechanism operates smoothly.
The three black knobs seen here are for locking down the platter and tonearm which keeps them from bouncing around during transport. The turntable won't sound very good if they are locked down during play. The platter is very level and adjustment to the suspension is not needed.
The inside is clean and has very few electronic parts. The motor and all pivot points have been lubricated. All contacts have been cleaned and dioxified. The white paper seen to the right has foil on the bottom side and is used as an interference shield.
The bottom has new felt pads which adds a little clearance for the cords coming out the bottom. Philips turntables tend to sag at the bottom over time, but this one has not.
The cartridge and stylus that come with the turntable may be original to this piece. Typically turntables do not come with cartridges from the factory. The reseller adds them and raises the price accordingly.
The headshell contacts and cartridge leads have been cleaned and polished. The stylus has also been cleaned with a stylus cleaning fluid. All are in top condition.
The cartridge and headshell slide into the tonearm very easily. This makes stylus examination easy to deal with.
Closeup of the diamond stylus shows very little wear. This is a conical (spherical) type stylus and is very forgiving when playing very old records or ones with scratches. On the other hand, the tonal quality is not as good as an elliptical (biradial) one.
The cartridge this attaches to can be purchased for around $30 in the year 2019. For such an inexpensive cartridge it actually sounds pretty good. A more expensive one would sound better.
The RCA stereo cord looks to be original and is in excellent condition, but is rather short. The power cord looks like it has been replaced at some point. Rather unusual situation since the power cords tend to last a lot longer than the RCA stereo cords. The ground cable originally looked like it had been chewed off. Perhaps the previous owner had cats that chewed through the cables. For this reason it is often wise to coat cables with a pet repellent product. The ground cable has been extended and a spade type connector attached to it.
Philips GA437 Semi-Automatic, Circa 1977
A collection of images from a professionally serviced semi-automatic belt driven turntable from France. Has an isolated free floating suspension system which separates the platter and tonearm from the subchassis. Very few inexpensive turntables have this feature as this is normally only found on very expensive ones. It is in excellent condition and features a built in stylus force gauge and unusually large anti-skating adjustment ring near the base of the tonearm. Plays at speeds of 33 1/3, 45 r.p.m. The build quality is surprisingly good. Has a Audio Technica entry level cartridge that sounds good with very little wear on the stylus needle itself.
The camera flash makes the unit look less polished than it really is. You can zoom in on the images if you mouse over them. During autoplay zoom is disabled.
Valued in the range of $100 - $125
Sold for $125 on 6-4-2019